Monday, April 4, 2016

New York Seltzer root beer

Background information: (from the website) "The groundbreaking brand known for its signature rounded bottles and crisp, clear, all natural flavors. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or corn syrup. ONYS took over the beverage landscape to become a staple in countless New York shops & eateries. The love spread quickly, catapulting ONYS to national and international success. We’re bringin’ seltzer back. Original New York Seltzer ®"

Product details: 10 fl. oz.  Bottled under the authority of Original New York Seltzer. 130 calories, 33g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbontated water, cane sugar, citric acid, natural flavor.

My thoughts: That's one short ingredients list and this root beer tastes a bit different from what I'm used to. It has the obvious, typical root beer flavoring and feels a bit minty, but there is a strange undertone that I can't identify, but it is vaguely fruity, but without evoking any particular fruit. The aftertaste is more of the same.

I'm a fan of the sweetness. Per ounce, this comes in around the lower end of what you would typically find (3.3 grams per ounce) and I like that the drink feels crisp and light, rather than thick and syrupy. As a "seltzer", I'm not quite sure where on the carbonation scale this should sit, but I think it could use a little more kick to it. It does come across as nice and smooth and creamy, so it's a very pleasant drink without any harshness that higher carbonation content tends to add.

Overall, I like it. It isn't one of my very favorite root beers and, at 17% less root beer per bottle than the usual 12 ounce drink, tends to go a bit faster than expected. If I had to sum up the drink with one word, I'd use "crisp". While it won't be at the top of my list to buy again, I liked the experience enough that I plan on hunting down some of their other flavors (peach, raspberry and blueberry).

Rating: C+
flavor: C+
aftertaste: C+
sweetness: B+
smoothness: B+
carbonation: C-

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